BA (Hons) Business Leadership and Management (degree apprenticeship) - University of Portsmouth
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BA (Hons)

Business Leadership and Management (degree apprenticeship)

part time3yrs

Work, learn and qualify through a practical degree apprenticeship

Course Overview

What is a Chartered Manager degree apprenticeship?

The Government recognises there is a critical shortage of suitably qualified managers and has devised – with business leaders, universities and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) – a Chartered Manager degree apprenticeship scheme. It is a nationally recognised qualification which has recently been launched by the Government, supported by both employers and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), offering a different route to gain your management degree.

You have the opportunity to go to university at the same time as working in the career of your choice. There is significant Government funding available meaning, with the support of your employing organisation, you can gain a BA (Hons) Business Leadership and Management through the degree apprenticeship scheme without incurring any tuition fee debt.

We host regular Open Days and Open Evenings where you and your manager can meet the staff and see the facilities.

Why take this course?

You will acquire knowledge of the latest business practices alongside the practical skills you will be gaining through your degree apprenticeship.

Very early on in your studies you will gain confidence in yourself and will begin contributing to the success of your organisation through work-based projects and learning, alongside other degree apprentices from different businesses and sectors. You and your fellow apprentices will form what is likely to be a lasting professional network and you will learn from each other about the fascinating and fast-paced world of business.

Is it right for me?

The degree apprenticeship is available for those embarking on the first step of their career and for those already in employment who want to consolidate their work experience with a degree in management.

You are someone who enjoys variety, has a desire to be intellectually stimulated and has the energy for a real challenge. You will be learning in an active and practical way, sharing your experiences with others to make a difference in your own organisation.

You can find out more by visiting the Government’s degree apprenticeships web page.

What opportunities might it lead to?

Your drive and ambition combined with your academic learning will very quickly open you up to managerial opportunities. At the end of your degree apprenticeship your studies will lead to:

  • BA (Hons) Business Leadership and Management degree
  • CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership-awarded by the CMI
  • Full Level 6 Apprenticeship certification

According to the CMI, 75% of UK organisations want to employ graduates with professional qualifications, so you will be future-proofing your career opportunities.

More information and how to apply

If you are interested in applying for this course, interested in setting up a degree apprenticeship programme with the University, or would like more information, please complete this form or call us on 023 9284 8599.

To do a degree apprenticeship, you must have the right to work in the UK.

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  • How they added immediate value to their work and organisations
  • Why they recommend doing a degree apprenticeship at Portsmouth to others

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Structure & Teaching

Year 1

Managing self 

Within the first year there is a strong emphasis on self-awareness; managing self in terms of knowledge, skills and professional behaviours.

Units in this year include:

  • Principles of Management
  • Professional Skills Development
  • Business Operations and Systems Management
  • Management in Business
  • Marketing Principles in Practice 
  • Working in a Business Environment

Year 2

Managing and leading others

In the second year there is greater emphasis on managing and leading others, having greater autonomy to solve business issues within your own organisation.

Units in this year include: 

  • Accounting for Business
  • Leading and Managing Change 
  • Digital Business Technology
  • Leading People Through Change
  • Leadership, Ethics, Governance and Sustainability
  • Managing Projects and Teams

Year 3

Managing and leading strategically

In the final year the extension of your study focuses on strategic perspectives of your organisation and its environment.

Units in this year include:

  • Critical Thinking and Research Skills for Leadership and Management
  • Strategic Management
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Critical Leadership
  • Contemporary Management in Practice


We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Teaching and assessment

Our approach to learning is friendly, supportive and participative. The Chartered Manager degree apprentice programme encourages active involvement and fosters a lively exchange of ideas and knowledge. There will be opportunity to showcase your ideas to your employers, peers and academic tutors at the Annual Business Conference.

Over the 3-year course, in either April or September, you will be required to attend 3 terms each year comprising of:

  • April start-block and day release
  • September start-block and fortnightly release

Keep regular contact with your mentor, especially while undertaking your work-based learning project in the final year.

Following on from the achievement of your honours degree and level 5 CMI Diploma you will then be eligible for level 6 apprenticeship certification involving an end-point assessment.

The course will be delivered by a team with extensive and up-to-date knowledge of business and management.


How are you assessed?

Assessment over the years will offer variety: individual and group work, presentations, reports, essays, online tests, academic posters, and online video casts. Furthermore, throughout your course you will compile a professional development portfolio, this will be invaluable in helping you to develop reflective practice and also will contribute to your apprenticeship grading at the end point assessment.

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Facilities & Features

Academic Skills Unit (ASK)

ASK will help you become a successful university student. Our workshops are designed to improve a number of essential academic skills from essay writing and understanding plagiarism to revision and exam techniques. This is a great way to enhance your academic performance and make a smooth transition into university study.


We have invested heavily in open access computer suites across campus. Great working spaces with high-spec PCs (multimedia and CAD), Macs and printing facilities. There is also more specialised software and equipment available such as large format printing, audio-visual equipment and language laboratories. Should you need any assistance, there are specialist technicians on hand to support you in using the facilities.

University library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Budgeting for your studies

There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Recommended texts:
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.

General costs:
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.

Other costs to consider

You will be required to pay a registration fee at the start of your course to The Chartered Institute for IT (BCS). This will be approximately £57. Please see

The cost of End Point Assessment (EPA) - which your employer pays - is in addition to course fees. Please contact us for more information.

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Careers & Opportunities

Benefits to you

  • Stay ahead of the competition by working in your job and gaining your degree at the same time.
  • Learn the theory of business and apply it to your workplace.
  • Gain job-specific training.
  • Have access to the support and resources at the University of Portsmouth.

Benefits to your employer

  • Grow their own staff, instilling their business culture from an early stage.
  • Get the skills and knowledge that are directly relevant to their business.
  • Support succession planning and enhance retention of a skilled workforce.
  • Work in partnership with the University to maximise effects of the programme.
  • Have access to the Faculty of Busines and Law's expertise and the opportunity to engage in our wider business activities.

Employers can find out more on the Portsmouth Business School website

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